BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with Emphasis in Nutrition and Foods

Degree Program Description

The emphasis in Nutrition and Foods prepares students to integrate and apply the principles of the biomedical sciences and food and nutrition sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings. Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with emphasis in Nutrition and Foods is a five- year BS-MS program. Nutrition and Foods is the first step to acceptance into the Professional Coordinated Program in Dietetics. 

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at the University of Missouri has a rich tradition. Established in 1972, it is the only coordinated program in the state of Missouri and is among the oldest accredited coordinated programs in the United States. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is approved for accreditation through 2024.

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics prepares students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RD/N). RDNs specialize in applied nutrition and work in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals and clinics, schools, business and industry, private practice, and public health clinics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national Registered Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam). The four-year pass rate for first-time test takers is 98%.

During the first two years of the curriculum, students develop a foundation in science and general education. This is followed by a three year course of study devoted to professional courses and supervised practice (fieldwork). The Dietetics program is a five year program where students complete:

  • A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Foods)
  • A Master of Science (Dietetics)
  • All supervised practice (fieldwork) necessary to meet the requirements to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam)
  • A verification statement providing proof of completion will be provided after the graduate degree is awarded

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Major Program Requirements

This is a professional and competitive program that requires acceptance to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics to complete the degree. Admission is limited to a maximum of 20 students per year. Students who successfully complete prerequisites, have been admitted to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and complete all university and College of Human Environmental Sciences requirements, including general education in addition to the degree requirements listed below will earn their degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with emphasis in Nutrition and Foods.

The completion of this bachelor's degree only does not allow the student to be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Furthermore, it is not a didactic program in dietetics. No verification state is given after completion of only the bachelor's degree. Students who receive this degree emphasis, are in good academic standing and meet program requirements will transition seamlessly to the Coordinated Program's fifth year master's program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must have applied and be admitted to the University of Missouri
  • A CUM GPA of 3.2 or higher is required to apply (MU and transfer courses will be considered)
  • Completed or enrolled in courses listed on the 1st 4 semesters of the sample plan
  • Completed or enrolled in NEP 2340 and BIOCHM 3630 (or approved equivalent course) at time of application. Grade of B- or higher is required or slot may be forfeited
  • If admitted, student must successfully pass all background checks, drug screening, and required health records prior to start of program
  • Submit an application (due in January), required application materials are posted each year on the department's webpage.
  • Participate in an interview with admissions committee

Emphasis Core Requirements

Pre-Professional Requirements
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2030
CHEM 2130
Survey of Organic Chemistry
and Organic Laboratory I
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
NEP 1995Nutritional Food Science3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
H_D_FS 1600Foundations of Family Science3
or H_D_FS 1610 Intimate Relationships and Marriage
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
Area of Competence
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
MPP 4204Medical Pharmacology5
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 3290Food Service I: Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 3360Nutritional Assessment Supervised Practice Experience2
NEP 3370Nutrition Therapy I: Supervised Practice Experience3
NEP 3390Teaching and Counseling Techniques in Nutrition2
NEP 3400Teaching & Counseling Techniques in Nutr. Supervised Practice Exp1
NEP 3590Community Nutrition Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 4290Food Serv. II: Adv. Food Service Manage. Supervised Practice Exp2
NEP 4280Food Service Management3
NEP 4340Human Nutrition II Lecture3
NEP 4360Nutritional Assessment3
NEP 4370Nutrition Therapy I3
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
NEP 4950Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences2
NEP 4951Nutrition Research Communication1
NEP 8340Nutrition in Human Health3
Select 2 supporting electives from the list of approved courses on your degree sheet6
Humanities (Writing Intensive)3

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

Note: Changes in course requirements may occur, as the program is required to meet accreditation standards.

First Year
GN_HES 11001CHEM 13204 
HES Foundation Course (recommend H_D_FS 1600 or H_D_FS 1610)3ENGLSH 10003 
PSYCH 10003HLTH_SCI 10003 
BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 10205Humanities (PHIL 1150 or PHIL 2440 recommended)3 
MATH 11003HIST or POL_SC course3 
 15 16  
Second Year
CHEM 20303BIOCHM 36303NEP 1995 (optional)3
CHEM 21302CDS 21903 
MPP 32025COMMUN 12003 
NEP 23803NEP 19953 
HES Foundation Course (FINPLN 2183 is recommended) NEP 23403 
 13 15 3
Third Year
F_S 43104MANGMT 30003NEP 34001
NEP 33602NEP 24503NEP 35901
NEP 43403NEP 32901ESC_PS 41703
NEP 43603NEP 33902 
NEP 45903NEP 42803 
 Supporting Elective3 
 15 15 5
Fourth Year
MPP 42045PTH_AS 22013 
NEP 42902NEP 33703 
NEP 49502NEP 43703 
Humanities (WI) NEP 49511 
Supporting Elective3NEP 83403 
 12 13  
Fifth Year
ESC_PS 72003Professional Development (NEP 7390 course effective Spring 2019)1 
HMI 74303Medical Nutrition Therapy III (NEP 8380 course proposal pending)2 
NEP 73803Practice of Dietetics course (NEP 8975 course proposal pending)10 
NEP 73851  
NEP 73814  
 14 13  
Total Credits: 149

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Major and Career Exploration

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For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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